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Sometimes a message needs to be heard or read multiple times for it to ring through to the person on the other end. Last week was another celebration of the birthday and life of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Yet, there was something unsettling about this iteration of his birthday. Something that undoubtedly occurred in the past but was extra disgusting on January 18, 2021. The continued misuse of MLK’s quotes and legacies by those who stand directly opposed to the message and purpose he lived up until his life was tragically cut short. In a previous post, GWI discussed...

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The push against police brutality continues throughout the United States. Protests and demonstrations have occurred daily for months without any clear end in sight. And they should not, at least until some clear legislation is passed to address the continuing over-policing facing marginalized communities in the United States. Misinformation is one of the primary tactics used to push back against the efforts to drive police reform, with one of the main narratives focusing on the number of people killed by police officers. Unpacking those numbers show exactly why this tactic is yet another in the tired playbook use by racist...

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The unfortunate murder of George Floyd has sparked nationwide protest that is not new. Many of the cries of “No Justice, No Peace” come from the same place as when it was chanted other times such as the 1960s. One phrase aspect of the moment, defunding the police, has gained a lot of steam as well. As those with negative intentions attempt to twist the meaning and purpose of said call to defend law enforcement, there is a space needed to explain what exactly defunding the police means. There will still be those that feign a misunderstanding, but the push...

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During these times of civil unrest, support from allies is an important aspect as to whether the struggle will “succeed.” Those that stand on the sideline silent are culpable in the actions that further quell the voices of marginalized groups. Therefore, it is important to see various brands and companies take a stand in support for those pushing for change. Within the martial arts industry it seems as that vocal support has been far and few between. But there are groups that are taking a stand where needed and they deserve to be recognized for their work. Schools, grappling promotions,...

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The civil unrest going on around the United States does not end when Black Lives Matter stops trending. The work for equality runs long and there is a place for your academy to play a role. This is an important time for community service. Martial arts academies claim they serve the communities they are in, and here’s suggestions for steps to put those words into action. Speak out against hateful narratives in martial arts Silence is a form of compliance. Many organizations have taken these past few weeks to show a commitment to fighting against injustice. There is a lot...

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